Tropical Storm Manuel is bringing winds and torrential rain to Mexico’s southwest coast while Hurricane Ingrid is striking from the Gulf side with 85 miles an hour winds. The forecast today calls for heavy rain, dangerous flash floods and the possibility of mudslides on both sides.
Celebrations marking Mexico’s Independence Days September 15 and 16 are being put on hold in Tampico, Madero and Altamira.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami is predicting Ingrid, moving northwest at 7 mph, will make landfall Monday after gaining strength over the warm Gulf waters. Saturday night the government of Mexico issued a hurricane warning from Lazaro Cardenas to Manzanillo.
Manuel is about 40 miles off the coast early Sunday morning with maximum sustained winds around 70 miles per hour and could reach hurricane strength. The Pacific area of Mexico is bracing for up to 15 inches of rain over parts Oaxaca and Guerrero with maximums of 25 inches possible in some isolated areas. Mountain areas are especially vulnerable to flash floods and mudslides.